The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

the last time i lied

3/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.


Have you ever been in a reading slump? Well, currently, that is me. Any book I pick up—even the ones I’ve been excited about—just don’t seem to be doing much for me. With that being said, I decided to pick up The Last Time I Lied after hearing it has been a five star thriller for so many people in the book community.

It definitely didn’t grab me right away, but it wasn’t unbearable by any means. I felt like I just kept waiting for this book to get super good and knock my socks off, and it just never did. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe it’s because I’m in a reading slump, or maybe it’s because I just didn’t really dig this book. I’m honestly not sure. All I can really say is that this book was fine enough. I mean I did give it three stars, afterall. It wasn’t a bad book, wasn’t poorly written, wasn’t boring. It just wasn’t for me!

So, here I am once again with the unpopular opinion! But that’s not to say that you won’t love it! I would still suggest reading this one. And I’m not opposed to reading other titles by this author. I was just underwhelmed by this one.

What did you think of The Last Time I Lied? Have you read any other Riley Sager books? If so, which one(s) and would you recommend?

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